Getting a free Facebook ad coupon is not as easy as it used to be, but it is still possible. Back in 2015, Facebook stopped giving away coupon codes. But we’ve heard rumors of small business owners getting their hands on coupons, so we reached out to numerous people to find out how they were able to get free Facebook advertising. Here’s what we found.
Are Free Coupon Codes Still Available For Online Advertising?
Here is the short answer:
- Free Facebook Advertising – Yes, but it is hard to know when one will be available
- Free Bing-Yahoo Advertising – Yes, get $100 of free advertising when you spend $25
- Google AdWords – Yes, credits for new advertisers range from $25 to $100
- Free Google and Bing Advertising Coupons from Bluehost – When you signup with Bluehost.com, you get a domain name, website, business email AND $150 in free advertising with Google and Bing, all for $2.95 per month. We show you how to set everything up yourself here.
All the companies above want to encourage small business owners to try advertising on their platform. Therefore they run promotions which offer free advertising credit to get people in the door. Google and Bing-Yahoo make these coupons readily available, although Facebook is far less predictable, and it’s unlikely you’ll be able to pick up a completely free Facebook ad coupon.
In the past, Facebook ad coupon sellers have popped up periodically on Fiverr. You could get a coupon for as low as $5. However, it seems like there are less and less of those available now as Facebook is becoming more strict about offering coupons.
How to get Bing-Yahoo Advertising Coupons
Although Facebook ad coupons are very hard to find nowadays, coupons for Bing and Yahoo are still readily available. For Bing, you can get a $100 ad credit when you spend $25. The coupon comes directly from Microsoft, and you can use it for ad campaigns on both Bing and Yahoo search engines.
Many web hosts also offer free Google and Bing advertising when you sign up. For example, if you choose to use bluehost.com, you get a website, domain and business email PLUS $150 in Bing and Google advertising credits when you sign up for their $2.95 a month plan. Click here to read our article where we walk you through how to setup your website and business email with Bluehost step by step.
How to Get a Google Advertising Coupon
Google is the most popular search engine by a long shot, so it is a good idea for small business owners to advertise their websites on Google. New advertisers can get $75 in Google Advertising credit, although you have to spend $25 of your own money first. The credit is offered by Google Adwords, which is the service you use to run and manage your ad campaigns. To get started, check out our guide to advertising on Google.
You can also get $150 in advertising credits for Google when you sign up for Bluehost, which is a web hosting company. The package that includes this credit starts for as low as $5.45/month and it includes a domain, business email, and business website. Click here for instructions on claiming your ad credit.
Facebook Advertising Coupons – Where Did They Go?
It used to be that Facebook had many different promotions in which they gave out free $50 advertising coupons. If you do a search for “Free Facebook Coupons” on Google you’ll probably see some results like this:
- Free coupon when you buy WordPress hosting through GoDaddy
- Free coupon when you setup a DIY website through specific website builders
- Free coupon when you “like” Facebook’s Marketing page
Unfortunately none of these are still active. In response to third-party companies reselling these coupons, Facebook started restricting access to free advertising coupons in mid-2015.
“One of the only ways to get a free Facebook ad coupon these days is randomly when you set-up a new ads manager account with Facebook. Even companies like GoDaddy have discontinued providing coupon codes for Facebook and you won’t be able to find them on sites like Fiverr anymore.”
– Bill Sheikh, Owner/Founder, UThrive Marketing
For another method of advertising on Facebook, check out the new Shopify Facebook app. With this app you’ll be able to create a full-featured ecommerce store directly on your Facebook page, so people won’t even have to leave Facebook to purchase your product. To learn how to set up your Facebook store using Shopify, go here.
How Can You Find a Free Facebook Ad Coupon?
Facebook still gives out coupons to its users on a semi-random basis. For example, if you are new to Facebook advertising and you start the process of creating your first ad, there’s a chance that Facebook will offer you an advertising coupon to entice you to complete your ad.
“I recently received a free $30 Facebook coupon to try advertising on Facebook. This coupon was presented to me in an ad-style post at the top of my fan pages. I simply clicked on the ad and was presented to boost one of my posts.”
– Troy Gnat, Tales From The Dad Side
You can also receive a Facebook ad coupon by attending one of their live events.
“I received a $25 coupon when I attended a Facebook live event. It was a traveling road show targeting small business owners to learn more about the compelling reasons to try Facebook Advertising no matter what sized business you are. They provided the $25 coupon code on a small business card at the end of the presentation.”
– Bethanie Nonami, Memento
Although it’s difficult to find free Facebook ad coupons, advertising your business on Facebook is actually not that expensive, especially compared to more traditional forms of advertising (such as TV and radio). View our guide to Facebook advertising costs to learn if you can afford to advertise your business on Facebook. If you’re ready to get started with Facebook advertising, view our complete guide here.
If you would like a domain name, website, and business email address along with $150 in Bing and Google advertising, signup today with Bluehost.com and then click here to read our step by step article.